See also: papua
There are three theories about its origin:
- From Malay pepuah (“curly (of hair)”) for the natives of the island of New Guinea.
- From Ternatean/Tidorean papo ua (“not united; not coalesced”), referring to the territory that geographically was far away from the Sultanate of Tidore (and thus not united).
- From Biak sup i papwa (“the land below [the sunset]”), referring to the islands west of the Bird's Head, as far as Halmahera.
- The southern part of what is now called Papua New Guinea, formerly administered as a separate territory to New Guinea.
- A province of Indonesia.
the southern part of Papua New Guinea
- ^ Bilveer Singh (2008) Papua: geopolitics and the quest for nationhood, Transaction Publishers, →ISBN, page 26
- ^ Tarmidzy Thamrin (2001) Boven Digoel: lambang perlawanan terhadap kolonialisme (in Indonesian), Ciscom-Cottage, page 424
- ^ Jason Macleod (2015) Merdeka and the Morning Star: Civil Resistance in West Papua, University of Queensland Press, →ISBN
First-declension noun, singular only.